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  • U.S., Afghan officials struggling to identify insider attack patterns

    09/05/2012 5:31:38 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 5, 2012 | Chris Carroll
    The United States will help the Afghan government recheck the entire 352,000-member Afghan security force in the wake of an upsurge of attacks against international troops by Afghans in uniform, the No. 2 U.S. general in the country said Wednesday. “We’re going back through, along with our partners up here at [the Afghan interior and defense ministries,] a lot of information out there to try to pull together patterns,” said Lt. Gen. James Terry, commander of ISAF Joint Command.(snip) The U.S./NATO strategy in Afghanistan rests on close partnering between international advisors and Afghan troops as the clock ticks toward the...
  • Training of new Afghan recruits suspended, vetting process renewed

    09/02/2012 7:35:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | September 2, 2012 | Greg Jaffe and Kevin Sieff
    The senior commander for Special Operations forces in Afghanistan has suspended training for all new Afghan recruits until the more than 27,000 Afghan troops working with his command can be re-vetted for ties to the insurgency. The move comes as NATO officials struggle to stem the tide of attacks on NATO forces by their Afghan colleagues. The attacks, which have killed 45 troops this year, have forced NATO officials to acknowledge a painful truth: Many of the incidents might have been prevented if existing security measures had been applied correctly. But numerous military guidelines were not followed — by Afghans...
  • Two Afghan Children Beheaded in Separate Incidents (Reuters pities Taliban for PR problem)

    08/31/2012 5:57:06 AM PDT · by kristinn · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, August 31, 2012 | Mirwais Harooni
    An adolescent boy and a young girl have been beheaded in two separate incidents in Afghanistan, local officials and police said on Friday, in the latest brazen attacks that have raised fresh questions about a splintering Taliban. SNIP In Kandahar's Zhari district, officials also said on Friday that a 16-year-old boy accused by the Taliban of spying for the government was beheaded and skinned in late July. Such incidents highlight the difficulty that Taliban leaders have in enforcing discipline across an estimated 20,000 fighters spread from Afghanistan to Pakistan. The central Taliban leadership is trying to improve the group's image...
  • Too awful to check: CIA passed on bin Laden hit in 1999?

    08/29/2012 9:48:05 AM PDT · by middlegeorgian · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/29/2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    According to a new book released this summer from a former member of Polish intelligence and reported by McClatchy today, an anti-Taliban guerilla group offered the CIA a perfect opportunity to end the threat of al-Qaeda’s inspirational leader, Osama bin Laden, in 1999 — after the Khobar Towers attack in 1996 that killed 19 Air Force personnel, and after the twin embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed 12 Americans and more than 200 people overall. All the CIA had to do was green-light an assassination mission by the group run by Ahmed Shah Massoud, as they...
  • Father of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh 'Proud' of Son's Testimony in Group Prayer Lawsuit

    08/28/2012 11:29:24 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 27, 2012 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    Father of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh 'Proud' of Son's Testimony in Group Prayer Lawsuit The father of John Walker Lindh, the young American who was captured in Afghanistan after 9/11 and sentenced to prison for aiding the Taliban against U.S. troops, said he is proud of his son for fighting in court today for the right to pray with other Muslim prisoners. "I was really proud of John," Frank Lindh told ABCNews.com. "Today he did such a good job of explaining the daily prayer. It was a really well informed testimony. It shows how much depth of knowledge he...
  • Taliban Behead 17 for Singing and Dancing

    08/28/2012 12:34:14 AM PDT · by South40 · 17 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | 8/27/2012 | MUHAMMAD LILA and ALEEM AGHA
    The Taliban beheaded 17 people, including two women, for attending a mixed-gender party where there was music and dancing, Afghan officials reported today. The decapitated bodies were abandoned at a roadside in southern Afghanistan, according to Mullah Sharafuddin, the governor of Kajaki district in Helmand province. All 17 bodies, including those of two women, were decapitated, but it was not clear if they had been shot first.
  • Taliban Beheads 17 for Partaking in Music Celebration

    08/27/2012 2:27:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 civilians, including two women, in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, the nation's Interior Ministry said Monday. According to reports, people had reportedly gathered for a celebration and were playing music and dancing. Insurgents, who did not approve of the event, beheaded those involved. Helmand provincial government spokesman Daoud Ahmadi said the attack occurred in the Musa Qala district. It was not clear whether the victims had been shot prior to the beheadings, he said. "The Ministry of Interior Affairs of Afghanistan condemns this inhumane and cowardly act of the enemies of peace and stability and expresses its...
  • 17 Afghans beheaded in insurgent attack on party

    08/27/2012 5:11:20 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/27/2012 | HEIDI VOGT and MIRWAIS KHAN
    Insurgents beheaded 17 civilians in a Taliban-controlled area of southern Afghanistan, apparently because they attended a dance party that flouted the extreme brand of Islam embraced by the militants, officials said Monday. The killings, in a district where U.S. Marines have battled the Taliban for years, were a reminder of how much power the insurgent group still wields in the south — particularly as international forces draw down and hand areas over to Afghan forces. The victims were part of a large group that had gathered late Sunday in Helmand province's Musa Qala district for a celebration involving music and...
  • Seventeen people including two women beheaded by Taliban...

    08/27/2012 4:17:08 AM PDT · by Moltke · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08/27/2012 | Daniel Miller
    Seventeen people including two women have been beheaded in a Taliban-controlled area of southern Afghanistan for taking part in a music festival. The slaughter took place yesterday in a village in the Musa Qala district of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan - an area said to be completely under the control of insurgents. According to a local tribal chief the people had gathered for a celebration and were playing music and dancing and the insurgents wanted to stop the event.
  • Militant Leader (Haqqani) Believed Dead in Pakistan Drone Strike

    08/26/2012 8:39:13 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 24, 2012 | DECLAN WALSH and ERIC SCHMITT
    A volley of C.I.A. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt early Friday killed at least 18 people, security officials said, capping a week of missile attacks that have renewed tensions between Pakistan and the United States, but may have killed a major militant leader. Senior American officials said they had strong indications that Badruddin Haqqani, the operational commander of the Haqqani network, which is responsible for some of the most spectacular assaults on American bases and Afghan cities in recent years, was killed in a drone strike this week.
  • Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff's Plane Hit By Taliban Rocket Attack

    08/21/2012 2:52:21 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 21, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan: Though there's been a bit of damage to the C-17 regularly used by General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff -who was thankfully off sleeping in his quarters at the time of today's pre-dawn, two-rocket volley- was not hurt. No fatalities reported either, but two ground crew were injured and -of course- the Taliban are suspected, who else.Periodic shelling of Bagram -which is situated north of Kabul- has been known to occur, though it is rare for them to hit anything of value. But General Dempsey was in town for a pow-wow...
  • All troops now armed at NATO HQ in Kabul

    08/17/2012 1:42:30 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    CNN.com ^ | August 17, 2012 | Barbara Starr, Masoud Popalzai, and Chelsea Carter
    The uptick in attacks by Afghan security forces against coalition troops has hit home, with all troops at NATO headquarters and all bases across Afghanistan now ordered to carry loaded weapons around the clock, CNN learned Friday. Gen. John Allen, the NATO commander in Afghanistan, ordered the move, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the orders. The order, made in recent days, was divulged amid two more so-called green-on-blue or insider attacks Friday. An Afghan police officer opened fire on U.S. troops in Farah province in southwestern Afghanistan, killing two service members, the NATO-led command said. Two...
  • Another Afghan police attack kills 2 US servicemen

    08/17/2012 7:44:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    AP ^ | August 17, 2012 | KAY JOHNSON and AMIR SHAH
    A newly recruited Afghan village policeman opened fire on his American allies on Friday, killing two U.S. service members minutes after they handed him his official weapon in an inauguration ceremony. It was the latest in a disturbing string of attacks by Afghan security forces on the international troops training them.
  • Seven American Soldiers Die in Afghan Chopper Crash (R.I.P.)

    August 16, 2012: Seven American soldiers were killed Thursday when their helicopter crashed in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter, although the insurgency often exaggerates its victories and is quick to claim responsibility for any incident involving foreign troop deaths. The area where the helicopter went down is an insurgent hotbed and supply route, lying north of Kandahar city near volatile Zabul and Uruzgan provinces. This story is still developing. R.I.P.
  • Ambitious Diplomacy, Fading Firepower

    08/13/2012 10:57:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 13, 2012 | Henry R. Nau
    President Obama combines a very ambitious diplomacy with declining U.S. military and economic firepower. The result: Other countries gain influence outside negotiations while Obama works patiently to reach agreements in negotiations.In his first days in office, Obama launched multiple diplomatic initiatives: to reset our relationship with Russia, engage China, jump-start Middle East negotiations, extend an open hand to Iran, and create AfPak (a unified policy for dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan). He dispatched a bevy of special envoys to trouble spots around the world. At the same time, he announced a cut in defense outlays by $500 billion over...
  • Missouri Muslim Charity Director Pleads Guilty

    06/30/2010 12:41:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    SNIPPET: "On Friday, Mubarak Hamed, the former director of the now defunct Islamic American Relief Agency-USA (IARA) based in Columbia, Missouri, pled guilty to three counts of a federal indictment charging that he illegally sent more than a million dollars to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions, conspiracy, and tax violations. Federal agents raided IARA's offices in 2004, seized its assets, and said it was part of a global network of similar Islamic charities that supported terrorist organizations. As part of his plea agreement, Hamed admitted the U.S.-based charity was part of this international network, with the IARA branch based...
  • Camp Pendleton Captain Killed by Afghan Police (Betrayed Marines Had Just Shared a Meal with Killer)

    08/12/2012 8:20:40 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | August 11, 2012 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Pendleton captain killed by Afghan police SAN DIEGO - A captain based at Pendleton was one of three Marines killed Friday in Helmand province by an Afghan police officer with whom he had just shared a meal, it was reported Saturday. Matt Manoukian, 29, of Los Altos Hills, was killed after being invited by an Afghan police commander to a meeting in Sangin district, long a Taliban stronghold, to discuss security issues, The U-T San Diego reported. Before the meeting, Manoukian and the other two Marines killed shared a meal with their killer. The attack was the third of its...
  • Senior U.S. Soldier Killed By Suicide Bomber in Afghanistan (Detailed Account)

    08/10/2012 8:44:16 AM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 10, 2012 | By LUIS MARTINEZ and MUHAMMAD LILA
    A senior U.S. Army soldier was killed along with a couple of majors by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, and three special forces soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan commander who had won their trust and invited them to dinner. The suicide bomber struck Wednesday as a group of U.S. military and civilian officials from the 4th brigade, 4th Infantry Division were in Sarkowi in Kunar Province, which is located in eastern Afghanistan. The suicide attacker detonated an explosive vest near the group. Killed in the attack were Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, 45, of Laramie, Wyo., the...
  • Turns Out The Taliban Burn Korans Too (Taliban Burn 300 Korans in Afghanistan)

    08/08/2012 7:27:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 8, 2012 | Robert Johnson
    Turns Out The Taliban Burn Korans Too In February of this year American troops working at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan burned dozens of their prisoners Korans. Though the Taliban was quick to use the event to inspire locals to kill U.S. troops, it now appears the Islamist militant movement burns Korans as well. Though it is the holy book of Islam, U.S. troops at Bagram prison found inmates were scribbling coded messages to one another in the books margins and destroyed them. Afghan outrage was immense and sparked protests throughout the country; calling into question U.S. policy and troop...
  • Sickening video shows Afghan Army turncoat receiving hero's welcome from Taliban after killing

    08/07/2012 7:54:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/7/12 | staff
    On May 11, First Lt Alejo Thompson, a father of two young children, was killed in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan that wounded two of his comrades. The Taliban says an Afghan Army soldier named Mamood turned on his American trainers and opened fire. Now the Taliban has released a sickening video that it claims to show Mamood being welcomed back to the insurgent encampment as a hero. Elders embrace him and adorn him with necklaces strung with flowers. They congratulate him on his deed as he smiles for the camera. 'I opened fire on three Americans who were sitting
  • Reuters Exclusive: U.S. Sweetens Taliban Prisoner Proposal in Bid to Revive Peace Talks

    08/07/2012 7:03:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Missy Ryan (w/ Mark Hosenball)
    The Obama administration, in a move aimed at reviving Afghan peace talks, has sweetened a proposed deal under which it would transfer Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for a U.S. soldier held by Taliban allies in Pakistan. The revised proposal, a concession from an earlier U.S. offer, would alter the sequence of the move of five senior Taliban figures held for years at the U.S. military prison to the Gulf state of Qatar, sources familiar with the issue said. SNIP The revised proposal would send all five Taliban prisoners to Qatar first, said sources who spoke on...
  • Report: Afghan militants have mafia-like financing (profiting from war)

    08/03/2012 12:41:41 AM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs
    SF Gate / AP ^ | August 1, 2012 | SEBASTIAN ABBOT
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — One of the deadliest militant groups in Afghanistan, the Haqqani network, has developed a sophisticated, "mafia"-style financing operation that relies on extortion, kidnapping, smuggling and ties to legitimate businesses, according to a new report by a U.S.-based think tank. The report by the Combating Terrorism Center in West Point, N.Y., suggests the system has become so lucrative that maintaining it could be as much of a goal for the group as driving foreign forces out of Afghanistan. That could complicate U.S. efforts to negotiate an end to the war since much of the network's cash flow is...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Afghan execution more proof they are not like us

    07/23/2012 8:39:19 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 13 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 15, 2012 | John David Powell
    A disturbing video circulating on the Web this week is just the latest proof there are people in the world who are not like most of us who live in the land of the Great Satan. The video is of an Afghan woman, alleged to have been the lover of two Taliban commanders, publicly and brutally murdered. Not executed. No. Execution suggests the involvement of some sense of civilized justice. Hers was not an execution. This was cold-blooded murder in the name of some perverted religious belief and perverse tribal custom. A few people protested in Kabul, but they will...
  • Fury over rural diktat banning women from 'falling in love' (India)

    07/15/2012 11:29:02 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 7/14/12 | RAHUL BEDI in New Delhi
    A VILLAGE council in India has issued a Taliban-like diktat banning women under the age of 40 from falling in love, using mobile phones or going out in public unescorted. The “fiat” issued by the Asara village council in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh province, 40km northeast of the capital New Delhi, has outraged women’s rights activists across India. It also requires women to cover their heads while away from their homes. Anyone defying the order would be ostracised and then expelled from the village, council member Mohammad Mokam said yesterday. He added there were “other ways” to make the...
  • BBC: Taliban poetry and the lone fighter

    07/11/2012 10:31:04 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 July 2012 | Dawood Azami
    Epic songs and battle hymns have for centuries lent fortitude to tribal warriors. But as international forces begin winding down their operations, the Islamist militants are redoubling efforts to take ownership of this treasured cultural tradition and use it for their own ends. They believe poetry converted to chants will help them recruit new fighters and inspire existing ones. Earlier this year the Taliban launched a new website called Tarani (meaning chants or ballads). It provides links to hundreds of chants by dozens of different singers. A book of Taliban poems has even been translated into English and published this...
  • Karzai Seeks Full Freedom for Taliban in Guantanamo

    07/09/2012 11:19:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    TOLOnews.com ^ | July 09, 2012 | Not available
    Karzai made the statement to journalists gathered at a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday, responding to a question as to whether he felt the US should release the prisoners to Qatar - an earlier plan. "On the issue of the release of the Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo, we are fully in support of that. We actually sent a delegation three months ago to Guantanamo prison where Taliban prisoners were interviewed. We want the release of those Taliban figures and we want them to have the freedom to settle where they want," Karzai said. Karzai replied to a question about...
  • Woman's Execution Over Adultery 'un-Islamic and Inhuman'

    07/08/2012 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The National ^ | Jul 9, 2012
    A video showing the public execution of a 22-year-old woman accused of adultery in Afghanistan has been condemned by the government as un-Islamic and inhuman. The video shows her being shot repeatedly in the back in front of a crowd of men in Qol village in Parwan province just north of the capital Kabul. The woman, named as Najiba, was married to a member of a Taliban militant group and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander, said Roshna Khalid, a Parwan provincial spokeswoman, yesterday. "Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death....
  • Six U.S. Troops Killed in Eastern Afghanistan Blast

    07/08/2012 6:56:06 PM PDT · by kristinn · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sunday, July 8, 2012 | Luis Martinez
    Six American troops were killed in a roadside blast today in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. official told ABC News. Details about the deadly incident remain vague. Earlier today, a press release by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said six ISAF servicemembers “died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today.” The nationalities of the victims were not identified because “it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities,” the statement said. A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that the six killed in today’s attack were Americans, but did not have specific details...
  • Taliban publicly execute woman near Kabul: officials

    07/07/2012 10:46:43 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2012 | Hamid Shalizi and Amie Ferris-Rotman
    (Reuters) - A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital. In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching in a village in Parwan province. "Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because...
  • Taliban publicly execute woman near Kabul: officials

    07/08/2012 5:42:29 AM PDT · by BCW · 47 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | 08 JULY 2012 | Reuters - Kabul
    A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital. In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching in a village in Parwan province. “Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it’s the...
  • Tea With Terrorists?

    07/08/2010 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 8, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Homeland Security: President Obama promised lobbyists wouldn't run his White House. They're just doing it from across the street — at a Shariah-compliant coffee chain tied to a radical jihadist group. That's right: According to the New York Times, prominent K Street lobbyists are buttonholing Obama officials at a Caribou Coffee shop on Pennsylvania Avenue, raising far more than just ethics questions. What the Times story neglects to mention is that Caribou Coffee is a Shariah-compliant firm owned by an Islamic bank based in Bahrain. One of its founders and a current adviser are leaders in the radical Muslim Brotherhood....
  • We Will Regret Having Qatar as an Ally Qatar a U.S. Ally? Think Again

    02/27/2012 2:36:20 PM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies · 2+ views
    After 9/11, it became commonplace to ridicule the status of Saudi Arabia as an “ally.” For decades, American leaders cuddled up to the Saudi Royal Family as it spent billions of dollars to export radical Islam around the globe. Today, the U.S. is eager to have our “ally,” Qatar, take a leading role in the region while it does the exact same thing. Qatar is home to Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the most influential Sunni theologian and top Muslim Brotherhood cleric. He uses his popular show on Al-Jazeera, also based in Qatar, to rally support for Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • UK troops told: 'Don't shoot unless you are shot at... and our Helmand casualties soar

    07/01/2012 5:08:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    daily mail ^ | 30 June 2012 | Mark Nicol
    11 UK soldiers gunned down in Helmand in past three months, compared to two in the same period last year... British soldiers in Afghanistan claim that new tactics are preventing them shooting at the Taliban until they have been fired at themselves – resulting in an alarming rise in the number of casualties. ... Soldiers now say they are particularly vulnerable when they are manning checkpoints at road junctions or patrolling Taliban heartlands such as the so-called ‘green zone’, a densely vegetated river valley. One junior non-commissioned officer said: ‘When I arrived in Helmand, my officers said our tactics were...
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • Is The Christian Right Morally Equivalent To The Taliban? By Damon Whitsell

    06/20/2012 10:52:12 PM PDT · by damonw · 13 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 6-21-12 | Damon Whitsell
    The following graphic was left on a new friends FaceBook page by a visitor here. It is exemplary of how some Liberals, Atheist, Humanist, and other non-Christians are willing to go to absurd lengths of equivalence to obfuscate the issue of Islamic terrorism and the “Civilization Jihad” that is Islam – and this puts us all in jeopardy. Please take a moment to read the graphic, I’ll continue my commentary on these absurd comparisons below..... .......This graphic might be more appropriately named “Comparing the Tea Party to the Taliban” (because the poster said,, “Sound familar??, Who does the TEA Party...
  • U.S. pulls negotiators from Pakistan with no supply deal

    06/12/2012 4:29:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo! News ^ | June 11, 2012 | Phil Stewart
    The United States said on Monday it was withdrawing its team of negotiators from Pakistan without securing a long-sought deal on supply routes for the war in Afghanistan, publicly exposing a diplomatic stalemate and deeply strained relations that appear at risk of deteriorating further. Pakistan banned trucks from carrying supplies to the war effort in neighboring Afghanistan last year to protest a cross-border NATO air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, a measure U.S. officials initially hoped would be short term. That strike fanned national anger over everything from covert CIA drone strikes to the U.S. incursion into Pakistan last...
  • Captured US soldier's e-mails suggest he deserted in Afghanistan "I am ashamed to even be American"

    06/08/2012 7:47:54 AM PDT · by dead · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 8, 2012
    HAILEY, Idaho -- E-mails from a US soldier, sent before he was captured by the Taliban in 2009, suggest he was disillusioned with the military and considering deserting. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 26, told his parents in e-mails obtained by Rolling Stone magazine that he was disgusted with the US Army and ashamed to be American. In one, which was not verified, he wrote, "I am sorry for everything here. These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no...
  • Egypt still reeling from 1967 War defeat: Naim Sabri

    06/05/2012 11:17:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Al-Ahram ^ | Tuesday 5 Jun 2012 | Dina Ezzat
    It has been 45 years since Egypt and its Arab allies were defeated by Israel in the Six Day War. The defeat led to the occupation of Egyptian and other Arab land, including East Jerusalem. An equally troubling outcome was the eventual retreat of calls for a strong civil state, which Egyptian president Gamal Abdel-Nasser had been working towards in the decade prior to the defeat. "Ultimately, we ended up with a scenario in which the nation was faced with two choices: the power of the military or the power of political Islam," said novelist Naim Sabri in an interview...
  • Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Were Tortured With Sesame Street (ROFLMAO ... Crimes Against Humanity)

    05/30/2012 8:19:49 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 61 replies
    THE INQUISITR ^ | May 30, 2012 | THE INQUISITR
    Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Were Tortured With Sesame Street Guantanamo Bay prisoners were reportedly tortured with the sounds of children’s Sesame Street songs, in an attempt to get them to talk. Al Jazeera reports that Thomas Keenan, a human rights researcher, explained that: “Prisoners were forced to put on headphones. They were attached to chairs, headphones were attached to their heads, and they were left alone just with the music for very long periods of time. Sometimes hours, even days on end, listening to repeated loud music.” Christopher Cerf, the award-winning composer of the songs used to torture prisoners at both...
  • President Obama shows signs of frustration with Pakistan

    05/21/2012 4:20:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 21, 2012 | 3:30 pm | David S. Cloud and Kathleen Hennessey
    A growing diplomatic dispute over Pakistan's refusal to reopen supply routes for U.S. and other troops in Afghanistan threatened to overshadow President Obama’s efforts on the final day of the NATO summit to finalize plans for ending the unpopular war. In remarks to more than 50 world leaders, Obama on Monday made clear his frustration at what aides view as Pakistani intransigence by publicly thanking Russia and other Central Asian countries for providing "critical transit” of war supplies into Afghanistan in the six months since Pakistan closed its ground routes following U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistani President...
  • Prince Harry could return to front line in Afghanistan soon

    05/20/2012 6:38:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | May 20, 2012
    Prince Harry may return to the front line in Afghanistan flying Apache helicopters, with a top UK General saying that he is 'likely' to resume operational duties. Addressing the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster military tribute in Windsor, General David Richards said: "Prince Harry's success in flying training means it is likely he will serve operationally again." It is the first time such a senior military figure has given such a clear indication of 27-year-old Harry's future deployment, the Daily Mail reported. Harry's return to the war zone will again raise fears he would be a 'trophy'...
  • Taliban Death Threats: The West's Afghan Workers Fear NATO Withdrawal

    05/19/2012 12:17:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Matthias Gebauer and Shoib Najafizada in Berlin and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
    … By the end of 2014, at the latest, almost all international troops are to be withdrawn from the country in the Hindu Kush mountains, at least according to plans by nations present in the country going into the NATO summit in Chicago that begins on May 20. NATO leaders are hoping that the Afghan security forces can take over full responsibility for their country by then. The German government likes to call this plan the "responsible handover." But if that happens, then (Muhammad) Shah* and his colleagues will have to fear for their lives. "The Taliban knows exactly who...
  • Stone carvers defy Taliban to return to the Bamiyan valley

    05/16/2012 1:13:00 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 May 2012 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    "Afghan students learn the centuries-old skills that carved out the giant buddhas blown up by extremists. ... The cave-hall was part of a complex built around two giant buddhas that loomed serenely over Bamiyan for about 15 centuries – until the Taliban government condemned them as un-Islamic in early 2001 and blew them up. "I was interested in this course because I want to restore our culture," said Ismael Wahidi, a 22-year-old student of archeology at Bamiyan University, who set aside more conventional studies for a week to learn how to turn a lump of stone into a sculpture. "If...
  • The Evidence: Obama Is Undermining U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to Put the Taliban in Power

    05/16/2012 10:22:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/16/12 | Tara Servatius
    President Obama has spent the last three years trying to figure out how to turn over Afghanistan to the Taliban without taking the political heat for it. In the process, the Obama Administration has committed a betrayal of our troops so stunning that anything done to them in or after Vietnam pales in comparison. While the Taliban kills our troops and innocent bystanders in Afghanistan, the Obama Administration is fighting to give them the one thing they can't seem to win on the battle field: control over the whole country. It is no accident that despite the deployment of 33,000...
  • Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

    05/07/2012 9:54:49 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2012 | By Kevin Sieff
    KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks. ****************** But the releases are an inherent gamble: The freed detainees are often notorious fighters who would not be released under the traditional legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence — and U.S. officials warn them that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be detained once again.
  • US secretly releasing Taliban fighters, report says

    05/07/2012 4:52:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    FOX/NewsCore ^ | May 07, 2012
    The US has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters from a detention center in Afghanistan in a bid to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the insurgent group, the Washington Post reported Monday. The "strategic release" program of high-level detainees is designed to give the US a bargaining chip in some areas of Afghanistan where international forces struggle to exercise control, the report said. Under the risky program, the hardened fighters must promise to give up violence and are threatened with further punishment, but there is nothing to stop them resuming attacks against Afghan and American troops.
  • Congress' intelligence heads: Taliban stronger

    05/07/2012 4:33:47 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    The leaders of the congressional committees said Sunday they believed that the Taliban had grown stronger since President Barack Obama sent 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010.
  • Congressional Intelligence Leaders Say Taliban Has Grown In Strength Since 2010 Troop Surge

    05/06/2012 9:18:48 PM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies
    Daily Reporter ^ | May 06, 2012 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    The leaders of the congressional committees said Sunday they believed that the Taliban had grown stronger since President Barack Obama sent 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010. The pessimistic report by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., challenges Obama's own assessment last week in his visit to Kabul that the "tide had turned" and that "we broke the Taliban's momentum." Feinstein and Rogers told CNN's "State of the Union" they aren't so sure. The two recently returned from a fact-finding trip to the region where they met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. "President Karzai believes...
  • Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

    05/06/2012 7:51:59 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | kevin Sieff
    The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks.